Friday, September 20, 2019

cloth diapers: what you need to get started

An estimated 20 billion diapers 
go into landfills each year
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creating 3.5 million tons of waste!

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide 
what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall

It's an exciting time when cloth diapering is coming back around in today's modern, over convenient-seeking society. I'm sure that it never went anywhere but the fact that more people are jumping back into this tradition is so exciting. While most of us seek the most convenient and quickest solution for most things it is so cool that cloth diapers are far from what they used to be. The advancement of their features is insane. They have all in one features, buttons and all sorts of cool absorbency pads that make cloth diapering so much easier then what it was back in the day. This update is a wonderful reason to jump on board with cloth diapers. So here is everything I use currently and a little on why I chose them.

what you need to get started

1. pocket cloth diapers: there are a ton of different options for the type of diaper you pick but I really like pocket diapers because you can customize the absorption. Each kid is different and at night you will need more absorption because they will sit in it longer. The absorption capacity of the diaper may also depend on your kids and if they are heavy wetters or not. 

2. microfiber inserts: one MF insert comes with each mama koala diaper but if you liked that type of absorbency you can purchase more.

3. bamboo inserts: these super absorbent and aren't typically sprayed with pesticides when they are grown. They soak up a lot without irritating the skin. I also liked bamboo because it is softer than hemp is even though hemp is the most absorbent of all materials you can use. 

4. wet bags: you will need these to store dirty diapers and wipes in. I take one of these when we are running errands (they are not stink proof but they don't leak). 

5. 5 layer charcoal bamboo liners: these are amazing for at night. I use them with a microfiber insert.


6. reusable wipes: this is optional but I decided that if I was going to wash diapers that I didn't mind washing some wipes as well. Especially with my 2 month old baby, she's so tiny and the wipe waste just didn't make sense to me which is why I happily switched over to these. Disclaimer: I do still have and use honest and seventh generation wipes for some heavy poops with my 2.5 year old. 

7. bamboo liners: I don't use these with my youngest but I do use these with my toddler. They will still soak through but what it does is allow cleaning up chunky poops much easier. This actually helped me get on board with cloth diapering my toddler because the clean up was a little easier and this is much better than using an entire diaper. 

You can also flush these but everyone's toilet is different so they may still need to go in the trash if your plumbing doesn't seem to take to flushing them.

how much will it cost?

you only need 20-25 diapers per child*
[ costing $120-$160 if you purchase brand new ]

- saving you anywhere from $3,000-$4,000 dollars per kid
- and you can usually resell them for exactly what you paid for them 

let that sink in ...

not to mention the prints are so freaking cute which 
makes cleaning up poop and pee a little more doable. ha!

some closing thoughts

I did purchase over half of my stash gently used. I think it's a great option because then you are saving money and also reusing which ultimately results in less waste. 

I see a ton of moms on cloth diapering groups who have diapers in the hundreds. A bigger rotation of diapers will make them last longer and stay in better shape because they aren't getting used as often but I'm thinking realistically here that you do not need to get an unnecessary amount. 

If you have less diapers you are also forced to keep up with your washing routine because when you start to run out you will need to do a load. You also don't want your diapers to sit for too long or else they will grow mold (eww).

That's all I will get into on cloth diapers for now. It can be a ton of information all at once so I will write more posts on how to wash and care for them, troubleshooting and other random things I learn along the way. I am so excited to share such an incredible change we have made in our home.

I am still very much a beginner at this, why don't you join me? 

leave me any comments below, message me, follow me on IG too @startswithmom

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“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” - J.K. Rowling

check out my other cloth diaper blog posts:

homemade wipes

wash routine

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